Sunday, 10 July 2016

Mashable’s Katie Dupere wrote an invigorating profile about Jordyn Castor, a software engineer at Apple who happens to be blind. She currently works on enhancing VoiceOver for blind users.

At that job fair in 2015, Castor’s passion for accessibility and Apple was evident. She was soon hired as an intern focusing on VoiceOver accessibility.

As her internship came to a close, Castor’s skills as an engineer and advocate for tech accessibility were too commanding to let go. She was hired full-time as an engineer on the accessibility design and quality team — a group of people Castor describes as “passionate” and “dedicated.”

“I’m directly impacting the lives of the blind community,” she says of her work. “It’s incredible.”

For all Apple claims to be changing the world, it’s nice to see hard-hitting proof of the commitment of Apple employees to impact the lives of their customers. It’s long been evident that Apple has been influential in making their products accessible for others, to a degree much effective than any other large company in the valley.

It’s important to remember that diversity goes far, far beyond race, gender, and sexuality, and includes people with a variety of experiences. These people’s individuality (in this case Jordyn Castor) brings novel and newfound solutions to problems. Castor’s insight of what it’s like living as a blind person lends Apple’s a lifetime’s worth of unique experiences to be able to put forth into designing great software for some of their most ardent consumers.

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